Puppet Theater Rezo Gabriadze Tickets

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Opened in 1981, the Gabriadze Theater has become a much-loved part of Tbilisi’s cultural scene. It’s a small space with only 80 seats, but the puppets here don’t mess around, acting out high-brow dramas such as “The Autumn of Our Springtime” and “The Battle of Stalingrad.”
• The Autumn Of My Springtime From the Author“The Autumn of My Springtime” is a song about my grandmother and memories of the postwar years in a deserted and impoverished Kutaisi.The same scene you could have probably seen in Nizhny Novgorod and Samara: the cold, the famine, the kerosene stoves. And the incredible generosity and courage of ordinary people.There was a desire to live and to love – the difference, in my opinion, between the difficult times then and the difficult times today. In those days, people carried “springs of life” within themselves, which would not allow them to “wither”, which helped them survive and rejoice in life. And if this story has touched you, I have succeeded in my task”.Rezo Gabriadze • Stalingrad From the Author “The epic battle of Stalingrad turned the banks of the Volga River into a bloody massacre.Several years ago, I stumbled across an excerpt from a war correspondent’s notes: ‘After the battle, the closer I got to Stalingrad, the more unrealistic the surrounding landscape became. Dead horses were everywhere – one, still alive, struggled on three legs dragging it’s forth leg behind, wounded or maimed as it was. That was heartbreaking. During the advance of the Soviet vanguard, 10,000 horses were killed. The corpses of the horses that died in the battle were strewn across the battlefield, killed by tanks, bullets and heavy bombardment’.The image of that horse on three legs haunted me for a long time. There, in my mind, The battle of Stalingrad ’s theme began to take shape. I remembered the long-forgotten images from my childhood of widows in black, invalids and cripples, who were everywhere in Kutaisi, where I grew up, my grandmother’s tears and sorrow. All those images had tormented me until I wrote this play, a requiem for Stalingrad.”Rezo Gabriadze • Ramona From the Author“Kipling once said that ‘a locomotive is, next to a marine engine, the most sensitive thing man ever made’, and I decided to follow his lead, and also write about it. My mind conjured up the long-forgotten and warm word ‘locomotive’, a bit hoarse, breathing out clouds of steam, smelling of coal even in wet weather. The locomotive led me to another joy – the circus, smelling of tarpaulin, sawdust and of something I would not like to call manure. The traveling circus of my childhood. So, these two motifs met – the locomotive and the circus. These were the things that seemed to have long disappeared and I felt a need to tell about that feeling of paradise, I’d once found myself in, not deserving it, and from where life had exiled me”.Rezo Gabriadze

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